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Dream Divers Gili Trawangan Reviews
Accommodation managed by dive instructors Aug 22, 2011
Booked with the MBA tour operators, which have many stalls around Kuta. for 2 nights at a total cost of AUD$66 for a room with bathroom for a solo traveller in March 2011. Breakfast provided with a limited range of simple options, such as pancakes, toast, plate of fresh fruits, juice and coffee/tea
90 minute minivan ride from Kuta to Padang Bai, and then 2.5 hour fast ferry to Gili T, costs about AUD$82. The accommodation and transport costs were haggled with a tour salesman (Erick) from MBA
1. Standard room with double bed, mosquito net, and air conditioning
2. Open-air/outdoor clean bathroom (towels only)
3. Room safe
4. Wonderful, friendly staff who speak excellent English. The manager was German and also the chief dive instructor
5. Bar out the front, with nice lounges for…well lounging!
1. No TV in the room
2. No complimentary wifi
3. Bugs! You need to use insect repellent even when you go to sleep. Even with the mosquito net, those bugs managed to get through
Overall good - recommended for budget conscious travellers only. This hotel was packaged with the transport to GIli T. However upon arrival, you will get swamped with touts trying to get you into their cheap accommodation.
This place is located right on the main street. There are restaurants, pubs, souvenir shops, tour operators and convenience stores within a 5 minute walk (it is a small island!). With that also comes the warning of noise. Gili T is a renowned party island, and there was even a sign in my room warning guests that parties finish in the early hours of most days.
This place is perfect if you are a diver. You can book with the hotel, and then walk out, cross the road and get on the boat to your dive site. You can also hire snorkel gear and walk to the north of the island for some excellent right-off-the-beach snorkeling. NB I cannot advise on either of these 2 activities as I did not do any diving, and went out on a boat for a snorkeling. This was the recommendation of fellow travellers that I talked to.
I went for a walk to the poorer side of the island. Here there is lots of rubbish strewn everywhere and yet it is also where people live simply…especially the kids (see photo).
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